Macro Lens ? Confusion ????

Hi DT Family,

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I am very confused as which Macro lens to buy.
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I have Canon 450D (12mp) and want to buy a Canon make Macro Lens. I don't want to buy any others' make as I am not very sure if they would work fine or not for me. I have referred many websites and people have conflation about image quality, sharpness, contrast, motor sound etc. So please guide me according to my requirements written below:


(1) I want to to shoot mainly Food, table top, portraits etc.

(2) I want a mid-range working distance

(3) fast focusing

(4) Small objects that I want to shoot like: insect, eyes, rice etc.

Please help me choosing a right lens for me.

Photo credits: Le Thuy Do, Inga Ivanova.

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November 07, 2010


Please give us an information, if you got some Macro Lens, if it is ok for you

November 06, 2010


Thank you very much for your valuable comments. I think the most suitable lens for me is Canon 100mm macro. more people are favoring this lens as it allows us to work in a mid-range working distance.

November 06, 2010


Just adding my two cents. I feel that contrast and sharpness can be adjusted in post processing so touching on this i have no comments on the suitable lenses.
(1) Food, table top and potraits, you might want to look any zoom lenses in the standard range of 17-55mm, or any 50mm primes? You can use the zoom if situations do not allow you to shift your position at will or for wide angle food and dishes shots. The prime can be good if you want less DOF.
(2) Distance may not be much of a concern if you are in a situation where you can around freely to capture you subjects, as in a setup studio environment, client's premises etc. Potraits can be posed, stills can be arranged on composition?
(3) I am not using the cannon system but i guess most of the lenses' focus speed should be alright. You can check reviews on your own with regards to Cannon's lenses focusing speed and accuracy. Its not sport photography you are doing right?
(4) You can check out another blog on suggested insect macro photography gears on Arturm's blog.

November 05, 2010


For living (= moving) insects and so on I would take a 100 mm or longer lens, for stills maybe a shorter one would do a good job...

November 05, 2010


Since 60 mm has 5x it is better for insects and nature close ups.

But I would recommend you a 100 mm 2.8 L

it is much better for shooting food and close - ups of objects. It is a bit big for 450 D but I think that wont be a major problem. I worked with it for portraits and had great results.

Focusing is fast and in a mid range it functions really good.

November 05, 2010


These days, and especially given the cost of a tilt shift lens relative to microstock income, I'd lean towards focus stacking and software to increase depth of field: helicon focus

November 05, 2010


I don't own a macro lens yet so I've been looking around at the different options myself and recently I came across this 2007 article written about using tilt and shift lenses for macro work. The idea really intrigues me but I haven't heard of anyone else I know using this type of lens for macro work. I thought it might be worth looking at anyway.
Tilt towards macro - Outdoor photography magazine

November 05, 2010


I would go with the 100mm

or if you really want to push the boat out for and extra £200 or so you can have the L series 100mm Macro:

November 05, 2010


I would probably recommend the 60mm EF-S macro lens. It goes to life size and is a bit better for general use on a 450D than the 100mm lens. You have to be pretty close to do any insect work, though. Here are some examples with this lens, I think the spider was done with a 12mm extension tube as well:

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